One of the most prolific actor-director duos in Hollywood history are teaming up yet again. Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese are set to adapt Erik Larson‘s nonfiction book The Devil in the White City (2003) for the big screen. Billy Ray (screenwriter for The Hunger Games and Captain Phillips) will pen the script with Leonardo producing and Martin directing.
Erik’s book follows the work of Daniel Burnham, the architect who designed Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair, and Dr. Henry Howard Holmes, a charming psychopath who lured his victims to their deaths using the fair as cover. Leo is going to take on the role of Holmes, who confessed to 27 murders, but is said to have killed up to 200 people in his lifetime — this is a role he’s wanted to tackle for “a long time.”
Devil in the White City will be the duo’s sixth time teaming up. Leo and Martin have previously collaborated on Gangs of New York (2002), The Aviator (2004), The Departed (2006), Shutter Island (2010) and most recently The Wolf of Wall Street (2013).
Is it bizarre that I’m excited to see Leo play a “charming” serial killer?